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Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English

Students who study English and Creative Writing at Fresno State explore the power of language and literature around the world. Students in our five degree programs learn to write well in small, collaborative communities where students and instructors work together to analyze, apply, and construct meaning with a wide range of texts and for a variety of professional purposes.

English faculty with students of distinction

Connect with Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff specialize in a wide range of research, writing, teaching, publishing, and arts administration.

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Student in writing center

First-Year Writing Requirement

Our department serves all Fresno State students with innovative, foundational courses in critical thinking and college writing.

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MFA students in Levine reading room

MFA Creative Writing Program

Our Master of Fine Arts program has produced 19 debut authors in the past five years, keeping Fresno the world's poetry capital.

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Contact Us

For specific questions, you can contact the department office. For general inquiries, email the office staff.

Department Chair

Dr. Melanie Hernandez

Admin Coordinator

Lisa Galvez



Department of English
Fresno State
5245 N. Backer Ave., PB98
Fresno, CA 93740-8001


Call - 559.278.2553
Fax - 559.278.7143


Peters Business Building
Room 382